BESTSELLERS

THE KENNEDY HALF-CENTURY by Larry J. Sabato
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
Provocative reading for this semicentennial year. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
Another winning book from a historian whose passion for his subjects saturates his works. Read full book review >

HISTORY DECODED by Brad Meltzer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2013
Slick and engaging but lightweight—a good impulse read for fans of secret histories. Read full book review >
ORR by Bobby Orr

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
Strictly for fans of the hockey great. Read full book review >
JOHNNY CARSON by Henry Bushkin

VERDICT: BUY IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
Carson partisans may find this memoir self-serving (what memoir isn't?), but most readers will be captivated by this high-definition, off-camera, extreme close-up view of the enigmatic entertainer. Read full book review >

40 CHANCES by Howard G. Buffett
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
An impressive example of how an individual's diligent work can truly affect the world. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT MATTER by Charles Krauthammer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
A sparkling collection that frames each of the particular contributions anew. Read full book review >
THE LAST DARK by Stephen R. Donaldson

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
It goes without saying that a reader who enters the series without the benefit of the preceding volumes will be utterly lost. Definitively of a piece with what has come before; if you're a fan of Donaldson, this is indispensable. If not, of course, not. Read full book review >
THE LUMINARIES by Eleanor Catton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
There's a lovely payoff after the miles of twists and turns. It's work getting there but work of a thoroughly pleasant kind. Read full book review >
THE WOLVES OF MIDWINTER by Anne Rice

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
Fans will welcome Rice's return to the realm of eccentric immortal predators. Read full book review >
BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY by Helen Fielding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
Not as rich as Fielding's first two Bridget Jones books. Bridget's fans will want it anyway. When Fielding is funny, she's very funny. Read full book review >
POLICE by Jo Nesbø
Kirkus Star
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
A surprise ending promises a fresh start for a series that had appeared to end with its previous novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >